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Poster: adedhed68 Date: Feb 23, 2012 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Is there really a difference? If so, why

I am curious to hear the opinions of others as to whether or not there is a considerable, significant SONIC difference between say digitally downloading one of the Dicks Picks from dead.net in FLAC 16 format, and actually owning the physical discs? If so, why do the physical discs sound better ? Thanks !

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Feb 24, 2012 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

more likely to do with the quality of the CD player vs lack of quality of other digital player (MP3/iPod/laptop).

And I do have a high end audiophile home system (Naim audio). My disc player is crazy good, almost analog sounding. I also have a home recording studio, most recordings are wav format, real HD music, but a huge data gobble. Still the fancy ass CD player trumps it for dynamics, stereo separation, quickness of response. The CD device has only one function - to play music.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Feb 25, 2012 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

FLAC is a file reduction algorithm and a lossless compression codec, the actual tape that passed across the tape head on any given evening is/was the best sounding source and depending on how the tape was transferred, mastered and converted into a digital file format, and then processed to disc, could offer some sonic differences. There are several mediocre sounding Dicks Picks (IMO) therefore the digital file concept has some potential.

Now enter the playback system, the PC as a source component compared to a competent CD player will depend on how you extract and hopefully process the audio out of your PC, usb vs analog out and the digital to analog conversion process will determine the end result.

If you compare the sound of your PC music file with the signal from your headphone speaker output to the same recording on disc played back on a Naim Audio CD player for example, the Naim will stomp it every time.

If you process the music file out of you PC via the USB output into an outboard Naim Audio digital to analog converter that would make for an interesting comparison. Again, the original tape transfer to digital file and then processed to disc now becomes most relevant.

Most every recording here at the Archive is minimally a second or third generation transfer at best.

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: Feb 23, 2012 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

Nope, there is no considerable or significant difference. And don't let anyone try to convince you otherwise.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 23, 2012 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

and there is very little sonic difference in the physical discs and high quality(VBR or 256 kbps)

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 23, 2012 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

Little sonic difference between and 256 kbps & 1440 kbps? Amazing!

This post was modified by rastamon on 2012-02-23 23:29:12

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Poster: user unknown Date: Feb 23, 2012 7:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

And if you go up to 320kbps MP3 I'd be willing to bet only the most discriminating audiophile with a small house priced component system could tell the difference

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Poster: rastamon Date: Feb 24, 2012 6:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Is there really a difference? If so, why

but my deadhead dog, Dexster, would!

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